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The Final Fantasy series is taking another stab at the MMO genre today with the release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Available for PC and PS3, A Realm Reborn allows players of both versions to venture together in a new storyline that takes place five years after the realm of Eorzea was laid waste by the Primal known as Bahamut. Players can now change their abilities, role, and skills using the Armory System, which allows for them to excel in multiple roles using only one character. Characters will switch to one of the 19 different classes by changing their equipped gear, and nine different jobs will unlock as they progress. Players can form Free Companies to go on story-driven quests, ride alongside their comrades into battle on a personal companion chocobo, and fight in open-world battles with other players.
4A Games is preparing to send Linux and Mac gamers into the mutant-infested world of post-apocalyptic Russia with Metro: Last Light. Publisher Deep Silver has announced that a Mac version is near completion, scheduled for release on September 10, and that a Linux version is currently on track for launch later this year. Both versions will support the same DLC as the console and Windows versions, as well as Steam Play, which means that owners of any Steam version will find the latest releases automatically added to their library. The Season Pass, the Faction Pack, and the Tower Pack will be available at launch for the Mac version, and the remaining two packs, Developer and Chronicles, will launch simultaneously with the other versions.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Apocalypse, the final downloadable pack for the Season Pass, is now available on Live Marketplace. The drop includes a new Zombies mode, Origins, and four multiplayer maps. The maps, detailed below, include Pod, Frost, Takeoff (based off of Stadium from Black Ops’ First Strike pack), and Dig (an adaptation of World at War’s Courtyard). Origins is set in a Dieselpunk-styled World War I-era France and features the return of four heroes (Tank, Nikolai, Takeo, and Rictofen). New screenshots were also released.
Capcom has announced that Lost Planet 3 has shipped to retail for 360, PC, and PS3. The latest entry in the seven-year-old series finds players in the shoes of Utility Rig pilot and NEVEC employee Jim Peyton on the frozen planet of E.D.N. III. Tasked with mining the planet’s powerful Thermal Energy in order to stave off an energy crisis on Earth, players soon run into problems as the dangerous indigenous Akrids, tumultuous weather, and the planet’s colonial history force Peyton to fight for his life. Multiplayer is also supported for up to 10 players.